“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Dover in Kent County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Timothy Hanson House

c. 1730

Timothy Hanson House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, December 15, 2010
1. Timothy Hanson House Marker
Inscription. The Timothy Hanson House stood on this site until it was relocated in 2006. The front of the building, commissioned by the Delaware Association of REALTORS, for its headquarters in 2006, is a replica of the structure known as the Hanson house. The dwelling is believed to have been moved here after 1837. Moving structures was a common practice at that time due to the high cost of material. It is possible that Timothy Hanson owned the structure before it was moved, but no record of the arrival of the structure to Water Street has been found.

The Hanson House was an example of eighteenth century vernacular architecture in Dover, and was one of the last remaining wood frame buildings from this early period of Dover's history, when Water Street was the route to the St. Jones River where goods would be shipped and received. During its history, the building served as a home and a variety of commercial uses including storage for a creamery. Like other buildings that lined Water Street at that time, its early use was likely related to its close proximity to the river.

The structure remained until purchased in 2005 by DAR, which donated the structure to be relocated and restored.
Location. 39° 9.325′ N, 75° 31.182′ W. Marker is in Dover, Delaware, in Kent County

Replica of the Timothy Hanson House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, December 15, 2010
2. Replica of the Timothy Hanson House
. Marker is at the intersection of E. Water Street and Legislative Avenue, on the right when traveling east on E. Water Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dover DE 19901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The First State Heritage Park of Dover (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing); Legislative Hall - Delaware's Capitol Building (about 500 feet away); Revolutionary War Patriot John Banning (about 600 feet away); The Compass Rose (about 700 feet away); Charles Inglis (about 700 feet away); The Congressional Medal Of Honor (about 700 feet away); Liberty Bell Reproduction (about 700 feet away); The Bayonets of the Revolution (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Dover.
Categories. Notable Buildings
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 660 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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